Donat Shamba

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Study establishes link between gender, extramarital affairs and HIV

Dar es Salaam. A new Ifakara Health Institute study has found “a significant association between lifetime (proxy) extramarital affairs and HIV infection among women only,” with the risk being significantly …

IHI names winners of research, innovation fund

[Right-Left] Getrud, Beatrice, Theckla, and Tutu.Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has named recipients of the 2017/18 Director’s Research and Innovation Fund. This is an internal funding mechanism aimed to support specific …

Recent Projects

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Demonstrating complete disruption of residual malaria transmission by eliminating Anopheles funestus mosquitoes from rural Tanzanian villages

In rural south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria prevalence has reduced by >60% since 2000, low-to-moderate transmission still persists despite very high coverage with long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Like in most residual transmission …

Donat Shamba

Research Scientist and Public Engagements Coordinator, Dar es Salaam

Donat Shamba is an experienced Social Scientist, who has worked with Ifakara Health Institute since 2004. He holds an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London (UCL), UK and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Social Administration from Kampala International University, Uganda. He has contributed on issues of maternal, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS, and development of health system strategy for intervention delivery. Mr. Shamba has worked in evaluation of various health system projects since 2004, including the evaluation of intermittent preventive and treatment of infants (IPTi) strategy, Improving Newborn Survival in Southern Tanzania (INSIST), an exploratory study for designing emollient field trial in Africa (Emollient study), expanded quality improvement using information power (EQUIP) and TRAction study. Currently, he is working with Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) group on a study looking at testing the recording of priority facility-based, maternal and newborn coverage indicators for use in health management information systems. Mr. Shamba has also developed and tested behaviour change communication (BCC) materials for maternal and newborn health. He has attended several short courses including Health Policy and System Research at the University of Western Cape, South Africa, Project management and analyses of mixed method studies. He has also published several peer-reviewed articles. His major areas of research include: maternal newborn and child health, global health, heath systems, community based intervention, social sciences

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Priority indicators of care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth

Using a safe-delivery mobile application to improve care for mothers and newborns

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